At a ceremony in Osceola, Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds recently congratulated Clarke County, located in southern Iowa, on achieving its Home Base Iowa Community designation. Clarke County is one of only three counties statewide to secure this title, the others are Greene and Howard counties. Home Base Iowa is a state program that seeks to get military veterans to return to Iowa after serving in the military, by matching them with jobs and providing other tax and financial incentives.
Home Base Iowa designated communities serve as centers of opportunity for military veterans. To receive the designation from the state of Iowa, all Home Base Iowa Communities must have 10% of the businesses in the area achieve Home Base Iowa Business status. Also, the community must develop its own incentive package for veterans and obtain a resolution of support from the appropriate governing body.
Showing respect for the sacrifice our veterans have made for USA
"Communities like Clarke County prove just how much Iowans respect the sacrifice our veterans and their families have made for this country," said Governor Terry Branstad. "As a veteran myself, I'm proud of the commitment Clarke County is making and look forward to seeing our nation's heroes prosper in Clarke County and across the state."
Clarke County will take great pride in prominently displaying and marketing the Home Base Iowa designation within numerous websites and community signage. They also identified several items to be included for the military veterans in a welcome package including but not limited to:
* Military Home Assistance Program, providing eligible service members and veterans with a $1,000 to $2,000 grant for closing costs to purchase a home in Clarke County.
* Complimentary rooms at Lakeside Hotel and Casino while finding housing in Clarke County.
A unique non-profit, private-public partnership to help veterans
Lt. Gov. Reynolds added, "I'm so proud of my home town. Clarke County demonstrates its commitment to our service men and woman who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. The Home Base Iowa initiative works to ensure every service member leaving the military can find a career right here in Iowa."
The Home Base Iowa is a unique non-profit private-public partnership that focuses on recruiting veterans and active duty service members for quality, well-paying private-sector jobs in Iowa.
In March, Iowa was named one of only a handful of states to be designated an All-Vet State by "Hiring Our Heroes," a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
In June, Iowa was named as the first state to offer "Hilton Honors Military Initiative." This is a program set up by Hilton Worldwide, and connects military members and their families across the nation with free lodging at Hilton hotels as they pursue their job hunt, or need somewhere to stay as they move for their careers.
In July, Iowa was named the third "Get Skills to Work State" by the Manufacturing Institute and National Association of Manufacturers.
The Home Base Iowa initiative is currently co-chaired by Congressman Leonard Boswell and Casey's Stores CEO Bob Meyers, both of whom are veterans themselves. For more information on Home Base Iowa, visit www.homebaseiowa.org.
Local ag equipment maker strengthens commitment to Iowa
William "Bill" Trickey, president of the Clarke County Iowa Development Corporation, was at Salford Inc. in Osceola, when the recent ceremony was held to accept Clarke County's official designation as a Home Base Iowa community. The Salford company has a factory at Osceola, making farm equipment.
Clarke is the third county in Iowa to receive the Home Base Iowa designation, awarded to them for their commitment to develop and grow a public-private partnership between the county and local businesses that will to promote hiring of U.S. military veterans.
"When Bill Trickey approached us about Home Base Iowa we saw a great opportunity for Salford to strengthen our commitment to Iowa Workforce Development," said Randy Beckett, plant manager of Salford Inc. "Veterans of the U.S. military are engrained with a hard work ethic and enhanced with leadership skills and training that make them above average individuals. That fits exactly with Salford's core principles of hiring; we strive to find employees who are 'above average'. That helps us to keep up our rapid growth and continue to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers and the farmers who use our products."
Salford hires within Iowa, and works with other Iowa businesses
Salford Inc., part of the Salford Group Inc. manufacturing network, has made a firm commitment to Iowa Workforce Development by filling key management positions with native Iowans, such as global director of sales, David King, and Salford plant manager Randy Beckett at Osceola. In addition to hiring from within Iowa, Salford has developed a supply network from local Iowa businesses like tire supplier Titan International, lending partner AgriCredit and component supplier Iowa Spring to name a few.
"We see multiple jobs created in Iowa for every one job at Salford," said Geof Gray, president of Salford Group Inc. "We're proud to stand with these companies and distribute made in Iowa products around the world to equipment dealers and farmers who rely on Salford equipment as part of their strategy for success."
About Salford: Salford Group Inc. is a manufacturer of cutting-edge tillage, seeding and fertilizer application equipment. With Salford's reputation for providing solid performance through innovative design, the company is recognized as a leader in customer service and dealer assistance throughout North America. Salford has production and sales facilities in Iowa, Canada and Russia, with a growing international customer base around the world.